PowerSports Business

November 6, 2017

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NEWS www.PowersportsBusiness.com Powersports Business • November 6, 2017 • 3 ASHLEY JUNG New Company: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. New Position: Communications coordinator Previous Company: Three Brothers Racing of Orange County Previous Position: Marketing manager ANNETTE RANDOLPH New Company: Motorcycle Industry Council New Position: Human resources director Previous Company: Brasstech, Inc. Previous Position: Human resources generalist RONNY HUCKABEE New Company: Parts Unlimited New Position: South Central Region sales manager Previous Company: Parts Unlimited Previous Position: Soutwest Regional sales representative Yamaha Motor Corp. USA's Outdoor Power Equipment Divi- sion has announced that it is donating nearly 400 generators to the Red Cross for its disaster relief efforts. Yamaha is donating both its 2000-watt and 2800-watt invertor generator models to the Red Cross to assist in the immediate disaster relief efforts for the stricken island of Puerto Rico that was hit so hard by Hurricane Maria. "The devastation and the impact to so many lives on the entire island of Puerto Rico is simply overwhelming," said Kim Ruiz, Yamaha's senior vice presi- dent. "And as a result, Yamaha is very proud to support the Red Cross's efforts to help those so much in need through this dona- tion of much needed portable power. We would also like to sin- cerely thank the Environmental Protection Agency for their swift assistance as well in helping to facilitate this donation." The 2000-watt and 2800-watt models are easy to transport, can run equipment needed for vari- ous clean-up efforts, and can also run household appliances when necessary. They will be useful immedi- ately in areas still without power. HISUN, MARK CUBAN OFFER DISASTER RELIEF After hearing about Hisun Motor Corporation's donation of 250 generators for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts taking place in Houston, Texas, Dallas Mav- ericks owner Mark Cuban and current Dallas Mavericks player J.J. Barea reached out to Hisun Motors Corp., USA for assis- tance. Hisun responded by pro- viding generators which were immediately loaded on Cuban's private jet for transportation to Puerto Rico to aid in Hurricane Maria relief efforts. J.J. Barea, a Puerto Rico native, said, "We can't thank you (Hisun) enough for this dona- tion, this is huge, my home is unrecognizable, these generators will be put to use immediately ... we have labeled each generator individually with the area where they will be used." It was the second trip Barea organized to Puerto Rico, with help from Cuban, who loaned his planes to ferry supplies to those in need. "We honored to be called onto the front line and provide immediate assistance to those in need. Being able to provide a tool that will potentially help rebuild a neighborhood or power rescue equipment is truly humbling," said Gabriel Cruz, media development for Hisun Motors Corp., USA. AGVSPORT APPAREL BRAND HAS NEW U.S. OWNERSHIP Dallas-based AGVSPORT Amer- ica, LLC has purchased the rights for the AGVSPORT brand in the U.S. from AGV Sports Group, Inc. AGVSPORT America, LLC is a newly formed company and has assembled a team of industry professionals and enthusiasts focusing on growth of the brand in the US. AGVSPORT America is actively refining the current product lineup and adding additional products that will be introduced in early 2018. The AGVSPORT brand has already re-entered the racer and track- day world with special pricing for custom suits for racers and other industry professionals. Motonation will continue to distribute its remaining AGVS- PORT product through existing channels into 2018. PSB NEWS 4 Calendar of Events 5 2017 Power 50 awards dinner OPINION 10 From the Editor 10 Online at PowersportsBusiness.com FINANCE 12 Harley-Davidson Q3 results 12 Dealer Financial Snapshot 13 Suzuki offers special financing 14 Legendary brand up for auction PSBFOCUS PG&A 16 CDK study reveals top distributors 18 Kuryakyn hosts Badlands ride 20 CPC wins lengthy legal battle 23 CNC Racing introduces clutch kits ATV/UTV 26 ODES offers 4-year engine warranty 28 2018 Mule Pro-FXR press launch 29 Caterpillar plans to enter UTV market 30 Yamaha Wolverine X4 ready for sales MOTORCYCLE 32 KBB: Honda tops online searches 34 First-time owner buys H-D store PWC 36 Sea-Doo 2018 lineup press launch SNOWMOBILE 39 KBB.com reveals top sled searches SOLUTIONS 40 Steve Jones 41 Paula Crosbie Content To feature your recent hire, send a email to Dave McMahon at dmcmahon@powersportsbusiness.com ON THE MOVE MTA adds Shoei; hires King to head sales Blackwell: Helmet line a 'crown jewel' addition Corona, California-based MTA Distributing announced that it is now distributing Shoei's premium helmet lineup. "The addition of another U.S. distributor will open up new opportunities for Shoei to expand," said Kenichiro Ishida, president of SHOEI CO., LTD. Japan. "We cannot rely on our superior helmets to sell themselves. We must also align ourselves with key distribu- tion channels to ensure that our premium helmets are represented to the appropriate level throughout the U.S. We look forward to this new partnership with MTA and believe their sales force will represent Shoei well." Greg Blackwell, MTA's president, was equally enthusiastic about adding Shoei Hel- mets to the MTA lineup. "This has to be one of the proudest moments in MTA's history," Blackwell said. "We have been working very hard to add qual- ity brands to our portfolio and Shoei has to be the crown jewel. The MTA dealers are the real winners here and we look forward to being able to fulfill their Shoei needs along with our other fine products." INDUSTRY VETERAN KING NAMED NATIONAL SALES MANAGER MTA Distributing announced the appoint- ment of Dan King as national sales manager. King has over 22 years of experience in the industry with a background in sales, sales management, account management and busi- ness development. K i n g s t a r t e d h i s motorcycle career work- ing as a parts manager in a dealership. He has rep- resented such compa- nies as Troy Lee Designs, Motonation, Spy, White Brothers and Castle. "I look forward to this new position at a company that I am very familiar with and passionate about," King said. "I look forward to partnering with our dealers and vendors to grow our companies together. You are only as good as the people that you sur- round yourself with, and I love the team that we have at MTA." "Dan's experience as a sales representative and regional sales manager make him an excel- lent choice for this position. That, combined with Dan's knowledge of and passion for MTA as a company, will be a very large asset in his ability to help guide our sales team as we grow in the future," Blackwell said. WHEEL AND TIRE KIT BUILDER FOR DEALERS LAUNCHED MTA Distributing has launched a new wheel and tire kit builder to support its dealers with a streamlined process that allows them to easily build a kit in minutes on its B2B website. Orders will now be automated with faster processing times, allowing parts managers to spend more time with customers. MTA dealers can now easily process wheel and tire kit orders with the click of a mouse. In addition to the new wheel and tire kit builder, dealers can also check inventory, view back orders, process returns, print statements and track packages with ease. PSB HOTNEWS YAMAHA USA DONATES GENERATORS TO RED CROSS DAN KING Hisun Motors Corp., USA and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban teamed up to provide Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Photo courtesy of Hisun USA

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